Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/13/14
Russia's Khabib Allakhverdiev won the vacant World Boxing Association super-lightweight title on Friday, beating Joan Guzman of the Dominican Republic on a technical decision. Guzman, the former two-division champion, fell to canvas as he tried to avoid a punch in the eighth round at the BB&T Center. Guzman gingerly walked to a corner, favoring his left leg, but informed referee Luis Pabon he wanted to resume the fight. Allakhderviev (18-0) quickly pursued Guzman (33-1) and landed a left to the head that appeared to have knocked down Guzman. Pabon didn't rule it a knockdown, but Guzman told Pabon and his trainer, Herman Caicedo, he could not continue fighting because of the leg injury. Judges Michael Pernick and Mark Streisand had Allakhverdiev ahead, 76-75, at the time of the stoppage. Judge Nelson Vazquez was scoring the fight for Guzman, 76-75. Allakhverdiev scored with two straight rights and a left hook to the head that sent Guzman to the canvas in the third round for t...
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